News, Notes, and Everything YOU Need to Know!
Welcome to our weekly newsletter: News, Notes and Everything YOU Need to Know!
Each Monday, we will publish a newsletter full of announcements, memos, service opportunities, and news from our FUMC family.
Do you have any family news you'd like to share? Graduations? Births? Special Events? Send it to Susan Gibbins-Davis at email@example.com, and you'll see it in print!
Does your life group, Sunday School class, or committee have any news? Please let us know!
Check back each Monday for News, Notes and Everything YOU Need to Know; each Wednesday for Prayer and Praise; and each Friday for Traces of Grace.
Join in the fun as we collect food for our friends at the food pantry at St. Paul's Lutheran Church!
Please bring any type of pasta, jelly, and canned chicken or beef broth. These are the food items that are currently in need. (No pasta sauce is needed at this time.)
Please note that the hotdog dinner has been cancelled.
Please bring any type of pasta, jelly, and canned chicken or beef broth as we collect food for our friends at the food pantry at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. These are the food items that are currently in need. (No pasta sauce is needed at this time.)
Have You Gotten Your Snapple?
As you probably know by now, the missions trip to Mexico this summer has been postponed. Not canceled, simply postponed to the summer of 2021.
That gives us a great opportunity to begin early to raise the needed funds. Hence, the Snapple!
Please take a bottle of Snapple when you happen to be at church (if you can't make it to the church, feel free to use any bottle you happen to have at home) and then, after it's been enjoyed and the bottle washed, fill it with coins and bring it back. This money will be kept and used to send our youth and others to Maneadero, Mexico next summer. Bottles of Snapple are located on the windowsill outside the church office by the water fountain. (Thanks, Stan!)
Thank you!! Enjoy your Snapple!!
From our friends at Seeds of Hope:
You Have Heard About Christmas in July...How About Breakfast in July!!!
We have been discussing plans to start serving our Saturday Community/Outreach breakfasts in the Heal Camden lot soon (still practicing safe social distancing, etc.). No firm start date yet...Interested in jumping in and helping us cook and/or serve a breakfast on a Saturday morning? Then please send a note to Kyle (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let him know that you are ready, willing & able to serve! We would LOVE to have you.
SHAN (She Has A Name) is in need of women's capris in small sizes. These need to be in good condition, but may be used. Please contact Brenda (email@example.com) with any questions or to arrange a time to drop off your donation.
From our friends at Soul Cafe:
Has Covid-19 gotten to you—even just a little? (I think Christians can also say “yes” to that, but if you’re in doubt, you don’t have to answer!) There is a wonderful, creative way to serve God by playing in the dirt, specifically the dirt at the Magnolia United Methodist Church. Amazing things are happening here, and we’d like the landscaping to reflect the beauty of what’s going on inside the building. We need people who don’t mind getting their hands dirty—literally. Several flower beds are in need of tender, loving care. The backbreaking work of pulling weeds has already been done! If you feel called to help dig holes, cut grass, and/or plant flowers, bushes, and other foliage, we’ve got a job for you. Actually several jobs. This qualifies as one of the shorter “short-term missions”: you can work for a few hours one day or as many days as you choose. You’re in charge of your own schedule. And you’re the boss of you. If this sounds like something you’d be willing to do—and we provide on-the-job training—please call Sharon Bailey (609-706-2181) or Carol Heim (609-230-6089). WE REALLY DO NEED YOU!!!
On Thursday, July 16, Soul Cafe in Pine Hill and Soul Cafe in Magnolia will need help unloading food for their food pantries. If you are able to lift and carry 30lb-40lb boxes, and have about an hour to donate around noontime, please let Pastor Matt know. Call the church and leave a message (856-858-1186) or email him (firstname.lastname@example.org).
God Is So Faithful! We Are So Humbled!
Many thanks to Tom from the Camden County Pop-Up Libraries for reaching out to an anonymous donor asking for a freezer for the Philadelphia International Alliance Church food pantry. God is so faithful!! Not only did the donor agree to donate a freezer, but he is donating two freezers and two refrigerators! This will allow our friends in Upper Darby and our new friends in Olney to add fresh and frozen food to their pantries.
Thank you, Sharyn Bailey, for suggesting that we reach out to Tom!
Good News From the "Manor"!
The news from the COVID front remains good! We continue to have no new resident cases in healthcare; in fact, all of the previously tested positive residents currently on the 5th floor have now all tested negative and are considered recovered. All associates who tested positive have now tested negative and many have returned to work. We continue to be COVID free in Assisted Living/Tapestries and weekly testing of the associates continues and everyone has had negative results.
We have resumed activity in so far as residents are once again getting time outdoors, hallway activities and exercise have resumed and we now have a Physical Therapist who is only seeing residents in Assisted Living and Tapestries whom we feel could benefit from that level of service. We have also been offering outdoor, face to face visits between residents and loved ones which has been a huge success. These visits are set up for any resident in the building.
News From Bob and Barb Alber
Why, thank you for asking ;) First and foremost, we need your prayers for wisdom! There are many considerations surrounding where the Lord would have us put down roots during this next phase of our ministry:
- Each of our jobs is currently in transition (more about Barb's role later).
- The pandemic's physical and financial effects are constantly unfolding.
- Our adult children still need us, even if they are reluctant to admit it!
There are also financial needs surrounding our temporary relocation. Traveling expenses and rent on the Florida apartment amount to a one-time cost of around $4,200.There is also a financial hurdle to jump for any Wycliffe member who is taking on a change of assignment—the need to have their monthly financial support at 100%. We thank God and our 68 partners who give on a regular basis that we are nearly there, but the need remains for an additional $500/month in support. We trust God to call upon new partners of His choosing and/or to lead current partners to adjust their giving in order to meet this requirement. During this season of unprecedented uncertainty, we are mindful of how difficult it is to make financial commitments, but we also know that God is so much bigger than our worries! We have been surprised and blessed to receive gifts over these past three months and trust that God can and will continue to provide.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration of our needs.
Something to Ponder
The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it's in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it's in dying that we are born to Eternal Life